A 21-year-old male asked:
In an allergy test, is house dust the same thing as dust mites?
1 doctor answer • 7 doctors weighed in
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
A little different: House dust is a mixture of stuff that accumulates in your carpets and upholstered furniture - house dust mites (hdm), molds, animal dander, even food particles & pollen. Hdm is an arachnid with 8 legs more closely related to spiders than to insects. Because hdm is the primary allergen in house dust the terms are sometimes inprecisely used interchangeably.
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